New Dukes head men basketball coach meets the media on April 12
In his first season as an assistant, Lawson helped the Dukes to 17 victories and a CBI appearance as DU averaged an Atlantic 10-best 79.5 points per game.
Lawson, who was part of two NCAA tournament teams at LIU, helped the team achieve a 52-15 record (38-4 in the Northeast Conference) in 2011 and 2012. At LIU he helped coordinate staff recruiting and scouting and assisted with on campus recruiting among other duties.
Lawson came to Brooklyn after serving as an assistant coach at Le Moyne College during the 2009-10 season. He helped the Dolphins to an 18-10 record and quarterfinal appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference tournament that season. The 2009-10 Le Moyne team opened the year with a win over Syracuse in a preseason exhibition game at the Carrier Dome.
Prior to his time at Le Moyne, Lawson spent a year as assistant video coordinator and basketball operations intern for the Boston Celtics during their run to the 2008 NBA Championship. Working under a staff that included general manager Danny Ainge, head coach Doc Rivers and former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, Lawson handled game film analysis and preparation of video edits for coaches, players and management. He also created scouting and personnel reports on all 29 teams and performed statistical analysis during games. He also assisted the staff during individual workouts, practice and pre-game routines.
Lawson is a 2007 graduate of Bentley University with a bachelor of arts degree in behavioral sciences and a minor in management. He was a four-year letterwinner with the Falcons, during which he helped the squad post a 101-27 record and make three NCAA tournament appearances. He led the team - coached by his father, Jay - to three Northeast 10 Conference regular-season titles. He was part of teams that posted winning streaks of 22 games in 2005, 13 in 2006 and 32 in 2007. The 2007 team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Lawson, who was named Bentley’s Francis M. Bennett Most Improved Player in 2005 and Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2007, completed his master’s degree in social science at LIU in 2012.
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• was also part of the Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Championship staff